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  2. There are only 2 reasons that Westerners are staying away from Pattaya. The strength of the Baht and the greed of people like Damrongkiat Phinitkarn and members of the Entertainment Industry and Tourism Association of Pattaya. Prices continue to rise exponentially, service continues to fall exponentially and Westerners stay away exponentiontially. I'm surprised that he didn't mention that.
  3. Do the names of Bill Clinton and George Mitchell ring any bells for you? https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States_Special_Envoy_for_Northern_Ireland
  4. Hopefully Hammond will deselected like all those others who got into office, on a promised manifesto, then decides it doesn't suit their agenda.
  5. Yemeni separatists quit some Aden posts; Houthis attack Saudi oil plant By Mohammed Mukhashef and Maher Chmaytelli FILE PHOTO: Members of UAE-backed southern Yemeni separatists forces are seen together with their supporters as they march during a rally in southern port city in Aden, Yemen August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Fawaz Salman/File Photo ADEN/DUBAI (Reuters) - Southern Yemeni separatists withdrew on Saturday from some government buildings in Aden that they seized last week but held on to military camps that give them control over the southern port, interim seat of Yemen's ousted Saudi-backed government. Full story: https://forum.thaivisa.com/topic/1118317-yemeni-separatists-quit-some-aden-posts-houthis-attack-saudi-oil-plant/
  6. apparently, the underground green market is dead. It's all going into this project
  7. Very smart move, and easy to do here. Will likely give you 90% of the heat you need, and go for small instant units for the boost when you feel for it.
  8. ^ Interesting long exposition Captain. I completely understand how you arrived at your conclusion, and obviously we are all different with different circumstances. In my case, I have decided to keep working for another few years, but have relocated my business and life to Japan as conditions are favorable for that. I will still come back to Thailand every few months as this remains our permanent (my wife and my) home. However, we have the freedom because of finances to live any life we choose, so we are also thinking of also maybe setting up a home in the states for a few months/year on retirement. Maybe not. maybe we will choose someplace else. But, for sure, the shine has gone off Thailand. For single guys nearing or in retirement, I think this thread will be very important and interesting, and I'm looking forward to your next installment of your adventure in Colombia.
  9. Don’t be get fooled by what looks respectable. And can we please have a link to where you ripped those photos from?
  10. So what was the outcome? What precautions did you take, if any? Did the car start upon your return?
  11. Yes, there IS a discount for members, but I don't remember what the actual charge for membership is. If you eat there a few times a year, it's worth it, though.
  12. Yemeni separatists quit some Aden posts; Houthis attack Saudi oil plant By Mohammed Mukhashef and Maher Chmaytelli FILE PHOTO: Members of UAE-backed southern Yemeni separatists forces are seen together with their supporters as they march during a rally in southern port city in Aden, Yemen August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Fawaz Salman/File Photo ADEN/DUBAI (Reuters) - Southern Yemeni separatists withdrew on Saturday from some government buildings in Aden that they seized last week but held on to military camps that give them control over the southern port, interim seat of Yemen's ousted Saudi-backed government. The separatists' takeover of Aden has strained a Saudi-led military coalition formed to confront the Iranian-aligned Houthis, who bombed a Saudi oil facility on Saturday. A Houthi military spokesman said 10 drones launched towards oil installations at Shaybah in eastern Saudi Arabia constituted the "biggest attack in the depths" of the kingdom. The state oil company Saudi Aramco said the attack had caused a "limited fire" at a gas plant which had been contained and had not affected production. Energy Minister Khalid al-Falih condemned the strike as "cowardly" sabotage. The conflict is widely seen in the region as a proxy war between Sunni Muslim Saudi Arabia and its Shi'ite regional rival, Iran. The Western-backed Sunni Muslim coalition intervened in Yemen in March 2015 to try to restore the internationally recognised government of Abd-Rabbu Mansour Hadi after the Houthis ousted him from power in the capital Sanaa in late 2014. The United Nations has been trying to implement a stalled peace deal in the port city of Hodeidah and pave the way for political talks to end the war, which has pushed Yemen to the brink of famine. Houthi leader Abdel-Malek al-Houthi said that events in Aden showed the coalition was in crisis and that Hadi was powerless. "Those who supported the aggressors... have no authority or freedom, but are subservient to Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates," the group's Al Masirah TV quoted him as saying. He said the strike on Saudi oil assets near the border with the United Arab Emirates was also a warning to the UAE, which has scaled down its military presence in the coalition but continued to funds and arm the southern separatists. Al Masirah reported that the Houthis had appointed an ambassador to Iran. PARTIAL WITHDRAWAL Coalition warplanes fired flares over Aden at dawn near camps occupied by separatist fighters after the alliance renewed a call for them to quit government sites and for all forces in the south to focus on fighting the Houthis. The separatists are a main component in the anti-Houthi alliance, but the war has rekindled old strains between north and south Yemen - which were separate countries until 1990. Southern Transitional Council (STC) sources told Reuters their forces, which had pulled back from the presidential palace and central bank, were vacating government institutions under the supervision of a Saudi-UAE delegation. However, they said the forces would not quit government military camps that give them effective control of Aden. An STC spokesman said they would not cede control unless the Islah party - a backbone of Hadi's government that is seen by the UAE as an offshoot of the Islamist Muslim Brotherhood - and northerners were removed from positions of power in the south. The Saudi-backed government's information minister said the southerners had also withdrawn from the hospital and cabinet secretariat, and were in the process of handing over the interior ministry and Aden's refinery. The UAE has called for dialogue without directly asking the southern forces to cede control. Saudi Arabia wants to host a summit to end the crisis. Hadi's government says it will not attend before separatists reverse what it calls their coup. (Reporting by Reuters team in Yemen, Maher Chmayteli and Rania El Gamal in Dubai; Writing by Sylvia Westall and Lisa Barrington; Editing by Gareth Jones and Angus MacSwan) -- © Copyright Reuters 2019-08-18 Follow Thaivisa on LINE for breaking Thailand news and visa info
  13. Actually I had picked Freo and changed the pick just before the game, the North game should have and normaly would have gone for North as Port are my enigma...and I normally never change my pick once ive locked it in so there....by the time I realised my mistake the North game had started....well I pick thus nights normal so there....hehehe Bombers pretty much mostly stand up if backs to the wall....so you learned something from me.....hahaha The sun is due to go behind the clouds by game time according to my iPhone weather app with wind kicking up to blustery condions with a 100% chance of pissing down rain most of the game...but hey this Melbourne so you never really know...but I will take my brolly with me today....
  14. Get your own forum, or accept that closely related questions are of interest to the people trying to help you who are reading this thread. Pathetic.
  15. Because the 10's of thousands of climatologists are all engaged in a carefully calibrated conspiracy? How could it be otherwise if they are to avoid challenging the resuts of other climatolists? Yes as anybody who actually is at all familiar with the science, there are plenty of disagreements raging within the community. What's more sometimes results emerge that actually challenge what would be politically inconvenient for climate activists. For instance a highly regarded paper has just been published that shows there is no relatiionship between the loss of arctic ice and the increasingly erratic behavior of the jet stream. When the facts are against you, the way of the ignoramus is to attack motives. And the scientific method is no different from theology? Really? "On top of that, I know, as an academic colleague of many chemists and physicists, that scientists' opinions more often than not depend on who is financing their research!!" And this is just an obviously nonsensical lie. If what you contend is true, science would actually be moving backwards. Clearly yours is just a case of what psychologists call projection. You are in the grip of an ideological belief system, fundamentally no different from religion, and will believe and make up whatever it takes to support that belief.
  16. Exactly. Ding! Ding! Ding! This thread and RLAretired have won the award for Worst Thread Captain of the Decade. Good Grief!
  17. I wonder what is bad for us (expats) if Pattaya dies a little? What are the expats so concerned about? From a purely selfish point of view, the worse the local and Thailand's economy, the better of I am. Easier to find good deals on rent and most other things. Unfortunately the lower tourist numbers haven't resulted in less congested streets. There are more buses than ever.
  18. It is instructive to observe how far down the ladder of human misery some folk need to descend in order to find someone they feel they can stamp their superior boot on.
  19. You're overlooking how many separate benefactors tend to become involved in protection rackets. Just ask anyone who runs a business here how this works.
  20. steven100

    Money gone

    happened to me once before …. now I chain them to the bed when I go to the shithouse
  21. I've hidden a post which is potential libel / defamation along with a sensible reply quoting it. It will restored if Admin determine it's OK.
  22. Thanks guys.. I was hoping to leave her home so it doesn't become a shopping trip 555
  23. lamyai3

    Money gone

    You were lucky they didn't catch her. Any arrest would have likely led to a press release including your full name as victim, a copy of your passport identification page and your photos all over the web. The ladyboy meanwhile will have slithered off the hook with a 500 baht fine and remain largely unidentifiable after presenting a dodgy ID and sitting for a photoshoot with a face mask and a wig.
  24. Nice work Alex. Picking Essendon was a great get. I'm nervous alright, but not about the tipping, about today's game. I hope the sun stays out for it. If it's fine I reckon we will get the chocolates. But TBH, who really knows. The Bulldogs/GWS game is a tricky one. Win and the Bully's move into the 8.
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